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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 14, 2008 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

I'm a big fan of this one and Vol. 1.

I'd rather have "best of" selections from shows/tours remastered and beefed up sound-wise, rather than complete shows, which I can get if I want in other ways.

My only complaint about Vol. 2 is that at least for the Bonus disc they should have dipped into material from late October like my beloved best show ever 10/29/77.

That said, the LIG, SUGAREE, HELP-SLIP-FRANK are all excellent and on the bonus disc the SCARLET>FIRE is just above and beyond outstanding!

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Poster: billydlions Date: Feb 14, 2008 3:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

Perhaps I'm in the minority but I like fall of 1977 better than May 1977. Everything sounded too similar in May. Garcia had a little more edge to his playing and his sound starting with the Englishtown show through the end of the year.


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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Feb 14, 2008 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

His timbre changed a bit from spring to fall--more sour in the fall, or more complex if you prefer. Personally, I find the spring tone too sweet for words, but I have no quarrel with fall either. BTW, the summer JGB shows presage the transition, being somewhere in between. Check out the Pure Jerry, Theatre 1839 release from July, for example.

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Feb 18, 2008 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

his tone underwent a big change when he switched from his tb-500 to the new Wolf

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Feb 15, 2008 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

"I'd rather have "best of" selections from shows/tours remastered and beefed up sound-wise, rather than complete shows, which I can get if I want in other ways."

Amen!!!

I used to be a dyed-in-the-wool full show kind of guy, but with the demands on my time at this stage in my life I'm more interested in getting cleaned-up nuggests of the Dead at their best than yet more unremarkable, mail-in versions of songs I already have a bajillion renditions of. Nowadays, even formerly obscure shows circulate so widely that anyone who wants a copy of the whole thing can usually track it down without too much effort. To me, this was ultimately the downfall of the Dick's Picks series- after the first 20 or so (when we had a chance to upgrade sentimental old classics like 2-13-70, 5-2-70, 12-29-77, etc.), if you weren't a huge fan of that particular show, or (more likely) already had a decent sounding copy, there just wasn't that much incentive to shell out yet again. I know it's heresey to some, but I really like this new approach.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Feb 15, 2008 3:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

yeah, what they ought to be doing is putting out quality shows that either don't circulate, or circulate in really poor quality. i want some old stuff, like 67-70.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Feb 17, 2008 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

I here what you're saying, but I think it should be noted that just because a show isn't widley known doesn't mean 1.) that it's any good, or 2.)that the vault folks have a high quality copy.

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Poster: countmlbjam Date: Feb 15, 2008 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Road Trips Vol 2

I don't have problems with the format, but I'm extremely underwhelmed by the selection of material. I think it's because I'm familiar with most of it. I have so much 77 and this isn't a 77 I will purchase. The first official 77 I won't buy.